Fostering a newborn kitten

Years ago, we rescued two orphaned kittens that did not make it despite our best efforts. Shattered, we began to take a particular interest in what was needed to help tiny kittens survive until they can fend for themselves and find homes. To save the life of the next orphaned kitten or a litter of them, you need:

A small room, safe from dogs or other cats, snug and warm in the cool season but well ventilated and cool during summer.

A cardboard box or cat carrier lined with soft cloth – an old dupatta or towel will do.

Feeding bottle and diluted milk. Cotton wool and water to gently wipe the kitten's rear end – they pass tiny quantities of urine and stool and rubbing induces the action, and they are easily cleaned.

Do not bathe them but wipe with damp towels and dry them off. If the kitten feels cold, hold the kitten against your skin for the warmth to flow from you to the kitten. Feed only after it has become warm. Stroke them gently and talk to them. Every day, kittens are cruelly discarded in dustbins or left on the street. If a handful of volunteers came forward to care for them, we can save many animals from certain death.

DEVIKA KHAZVINI

Hero of the week

Prema, 78-year-old, is differently-abled and takes care of 10 dogs – three as pets at home and seven on the street. She cooks for them and feeds and bathes them herself. Prema lives by herself and strongly believes that the dogs keep her going.

Know of a hero who has performed of an act of kindness to animals? Write to petpalsbangalore@gmail.com

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